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Dundee Women in Science Festival

3 March 2014

The Dundee Women in Science Festival kicks off this week, with a host of fascinating talks, art exhibitions, discussions, workshops and more - all to celebrate the achievements of women in science and encourage younger women to consider a career in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM).

This year’s festival runs from March 1-24, and we are pleased to be hosting three inspirational speakers and six free film screenings right here at Abertay.

The first of these will take place at 12pm on Monday, March 10, when Professor Neva Haites OBE - from the University of Aberdeen - will discuss her career path and reflect on her experiences in ‘A Woman in STEM: Never a Dull Moment’.

Neva is Professor of Medical Genetics at Aberdeen University, where she has led the way in identifying the gene that can cause breast cancer.

She is also Vice Principal (Development) of the university – a position she took up in 2004. This was the first time a woman had been appointed to this position in the institution’s entire 500 year history.

On Thursday, March 13, Sharon Moore will be speaking in our second event, asking ‘What is the Millennial Virtuous Cycle?’ in her talk scheduled for 1pm.

Sharon is an Industry Architect and Technical Leader for Social Business and Smarter Commerce at IBM. She joined the company 12 years ago as a Software Engineering graduate and has had a diverse, challenging and rewarding career since then which has accelerated her to her current position of technical leadership.

In her talk, she will look at the set of sociological, technological, and economic trends that are having a tremendous impact on how and where technology innovation is taking place. She will explore the science that makes social successful, the social trends that make business smarter, and the millennial virtuous cycle which will arise in the next five years.

Our final speaker event will take place at 12pm on Friday, March 21.

This talk will be given by Fiona Logan, who is CEO at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

Fiona - who has worked for Greenpeace and major blue chip companies including Unilever and IBM, as well as run her own management consultancy - will discuss her career path through science, industry and environmental campaigning, right up to her current leadership role.

This event will take place in the Centre for Excellence, Room 2522, Level 2, in the Kydd Building.

The events on March 10 and 13 will take place in the Events Area on the Ground Floor behind Main Reception in the Kydd Building.

Throughout the festival Abertay will be hosting free film screenings in the Hannah Maclure Centre cinema (Top Floor, Abertay Student Centre).

All of the films star female scientists or women working in a STEM role. The films range from classics such as Gorillas in the Mist (March 5, 2pm) to very recent blockbusters like Thor (March 16, 2pm) and Gravity (March 20, 6.30pm). In addition to these films, we will also be screening Series One of ‘Bletchley Circle’ - a recent TV drama giving a background to the real women of Bletchley Park and the amazing contribution they made to both the war effort, and to codebreaking (March 19, 2pm).

The full programme of Festival events – which will take place at venues across the city – can be viewed here.

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